Brooklyn True Value is a quintessential small town hardware store – with a great fabric store! These stores are such a treasure to our small towns and provide an important service to our communities. Rusty Clayton says he was “tricked” into buying a small hardware store in Brooklyn in 1974 when he was just 22 years old. His grandfather and a local real estate agent worked out a deal and convinced Rusty to purchase the small hardware store. He became the youngest person to start a Coast to Coast Hardware store when he converted the store to the brand. (Coast to Coast was later purchase by True Value).
Over the years, Rusty added a variety of departments to the store. One of them was the fabric department. The True Value fabric store is smaller than some you’ll see on your adventures. They value the importance of offering high quality fabric to their customers. And the staff makes up for a smaller fabric selection with their outgoing friendly attitude! Kristin, a younger generation quilter had a beautiful quilt on display that she created. It’s exciting to see young quilters who have a passion for our “sport”, and it was evident that Rusty was proud to have her on staff!
Both Rusty and Kristin commented that they love the All Iowa Shop Hop. It allows them to meet and get to know people from all of the country. The “Orange Ladies” rank among some of their favorites! If you have a group of friends or family that you “hop” with, consider creating your own “brand” as you travel the winding roads of Iowa. Make memories, and share your love of our hobby with the store owners across the state!